November 2022 Newsletter

Calendar of Events
Be sure to check Scoutbook for the latest updates to our calendar and to RSVP for events!

November 2022

Nov 07 – Den Meetings @ Church

Nov 10 – District Roundtable Meeting

Nov 12TFC Training Academy (*)

Nov 13 – Brookfield Zoo Tree Trimming

Nov 14 – Den Meetings @ Church

Nov 21 – Pack Committee Meeting

Nov 25POPCORN @ Walmart

Nov 26 POPCORN @ Walmart

Nov 28 – Den Meetings @ Church

(*) denotes activities that require registration through the website

December 2022

Dec 05 – Den Meetings @ Church

Dec 08 – District Roundtable Meeting

Dec 12 – Den Meetings @ Church

Dec 19Pack Committee Meeting

Dec 26 – Winter Break (no meetings)

(*) denotes activities that require registration through the website

January 2023

Jan 02 – Winter Break (no meetings)

Jan 07 Operation: Cubscicle (Full Day) (*)

Jan 09 – Den Meetings @ Church

Jan 12 – District Roundtable Meeting

Jan 14 Operation: Cubscicle (Half Day) (*)

Jan 16Pack Committee Meeting

Jan 23 – Den Meetings @ Church

Jan 28 – Pinewood Derby @ American Legion

Jan 28Popcorn Reward - Chicago Wolves

Jan 30 – Den Meetings @ Church

(*) denotes activities that require registration through the website

Brookfield Zoo Tree Trimming

One of our annual traditions is to decorate a Christmas Tree at Brookfield Zoo. This tradition is quite fun for our Scouts, as they make decorations for the tree at a den meeting then we all gather at the zoo to put them on our tree. We will be trimming our tree on Sunday, November 13, 2022, beginning at 10:00am. All Scouts and their families should meet near the carousel upon your arrival. We will then move as a group to our tree to decorate. After we are done decorating, your family is free to enjoy the remainder of the day visiting the zoo animals!

If you have a current zoo membership, we ask that you use it for admission and parking for your family. Admission tickets and parking passes for families that do not have a current zoo membership were distributed at the den meetings on November 7th.

When: Sunday, November 13, 2022, 10:00am
Where: Carousel at Brookfield Zoo (8400 W 31st St, Brookfield, IL 60513)
Parking: Main (North) Parking Lot
Tree Location: North Mall, Tree #482
Uniforming: Activity Scout Shirt ("Class B")

November Committee Meeting

The Pack Committee will meet on Monday, November 21, from 7pm-9pm, at the Church. Parents are always welcome to attend.

Popcorn Storefront Sales

Our final popcorn blitz weekend is scheduled for Black Friday weekend. This is the final chance to earn funds in your Scout Account from the popcorn sale. Shifts should be reserved through the Trails End app.

  • Friday, November 25: 10am-6pm; Walmart Supercenter, Plano IL

  • Saturday, November 26: 10am-6pm; Walmart Supercenter, Plano IL

Operation Cubscicle 2023: International Games

Join us at Camp Big Timber for a fun day of winter activities both inside and out! This is an event open to all Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos, Siblings and Friends! Indoor and outdoor activities will include: sling shots, sledding, snow sports, and other exciting activities and projects!

There are three options to choose from. The full-day session is great for older Scouts, while the half day sessions are perfect for younger Scouts.


    • Saturday, January 7, 2023

    • 9:00am - 3:30pm

  • HALF DAY SESSION (Morning)

    • Saturday, January 14, 2023

    • 9:00am - 12:00pm

  • HALF DAY SESSION (Afternoon)

    • Saturday, January 14, 2023

    • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

This event is help at Camp Big Timber (37W955 Big Timber Rd, Elgin IL 60124). More information is available at

When: Saturday, January 7 or 14, 2023
Where: Camp Big Timber (37W955 Big Timber Rd, Elgin IL 60124)
Uniforming: Pack Activity Shirt ("Class B")
Medical Form: Every participant requires an A/B Medical Form to be completed

Pinewood Derby 2023

The Pinewood Derby is the premier racing event for Cub Scouts. Pack 317 provides an official Pinewood Derby kit to each Cub Scout, which is built with the help of adults. The Scout begins with a block of balsa wood and four plastic wheels. The finished race car must meet all requirements, as set forth in the Pack 317 Official Pinewood Derby Rules. Blocks can be sanded with sandpaper, sanding block, or a powered sander. Pinewood cars vary from unfinished blocks to whimsical objects, to accurate replicas of actual race cars. The Pack 317 Pinewood Derby™ Race is run on a four-lane hand-crafted wood derby track that slopes down to the ground, since the cars are powered by gravity. We use computer software to administer and officiate the results of the race. The race is run in heats, by den, and overall pack winners.

This year's Pinewood Derby will be on January 28, 2023 at the Plano American Legion. Kits will be distributed to Scouts in December. More information is available on our Pinewood Derby webpage.

When: Saturday, January 28, 2023, 11:00am
Where: Plano American Legion Hall
Uniforming: Official Scout Uniform ("Class A")

Popcorn Selling Reward: Chicago Wolves Game

Scouts who sold more than $300 in popcorn will be contacted by the Chicago Wolves to receive a prize pack that is redeemable during the January 28, 2023 game against the Rockford Icehogs. The cut-off for sales totals was Friday, November 4, 2022, at 5pm.

Prize Packs:

  • $300-$999 One $22 Ticket

  • $1000-$2499 Two $28 Tickets and a Chicago Wolves Knit Hat

  • $2500-$4999 Two $45 Tickets (Rows 2-7 off of the ice surface) and a Chicago Wolves Knit Hat

  • $5000+ Two $45 Tickets (Rows 2-7 off of the ice surface), a Chicago Wolves Knit Hat, a Chicago Wolves Replica Jersey, Zamboni ride, Name on the Jumbotron screen, attend 2/18/23 game and present flags

  • Top 50 Seller in Council Special recognition dinner pre-game

When: Saturday, January 28, 2023, 7:00pm
Where: Allstate Arena (6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont IL 60018)
Uniforming: Official Scout Uniform ("Class A")